Goofy dads make great dads! Studies show that fathers who engage with their children in silly, playful ways help strengthen their bond with their children. And, strong parent/child bonds, formed early in life, can predict the quality of a child’s future social life. While moms tend to be more gentle and affectionate toward their babies, dads are more likely to arouse them and make them laugh. No worries. Either behavior can form close attachments between parents and children, as long as the interactions are reciprocal and pleasant for both parties. So, play on dad! The kids love it - and need it.